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Choosing and Using
a RotaRy tool
Get the most from this essential hobby tool
BY The RC CaR aCTion Team
All RC enthusiasts add a few essential tools to their arsenal pretty
quickly. A proper set of hex drivers replaces L wrenches. Curved
scissors and a ream are purchased to help with body mounting, and a
good pair of flush cutters and wire strippers find a home in the toolbox.
And then there’s the rotary tool. Often called a “Dremel” after the most
popular brand, a rotary tool is a versatile addition to any hobbyist’s
workshop, and you’ll find plenty of uses for it around the house and in
the garage too. This article will guide you through purchasing a rotary
tool, selecting bits, and performing a few common RC-related tasks.
CORDLESS OR CORDED?
Like many power tools, rotary tools come in cordless and corded versions. Cordless
tools are convenient and portable, and models with LiPo or Li-Ion batteries can rival
corded units for speed and power. However, they can be expensive. NiMH-powered
units cost significantly less, but they sacrifice power and don’t hold a charge as long.
Corded tools are the most powerful and can tackle
a much wider variety of tasks. Most important,
a corded tool will never run out of power in the
middle of a project. For jobs that require a lot of
power or extended use, a plug-in rotary tool is
the best choice.
A corded tool will offer the
greatest speed and torque
for big jobs.
If you prefer to go
cordless, a unit with a
lithium battery is the
PROTECT YOUR PEEPERS
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Wear
eye protection. Seriously. Rotary tools operate at extremely high
speeds, and they are capable of ejecting debris at high velocity. If
you enjoy having eyeballs, get yourself a pair of safety glasses.
You can get safety glasses for less than $5. Wear ’em.
Some rotary tools include
an assortment of bits and
can save you a few bucks.